Honens International Piano Competition


The Honens International Piano Competition was established in 1991 with a gift of $5 million from Calgary philanthropist and pianophile Esther Honens. The competition offers the top prize in international piano competitions; with the winner being awarded a three-year Artistic & Career Development Program worth half a million Canadian dollars. Past laureates of the competition include Hong Xu and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Italian pianist Luca Buratto was named 2015 Honens International Piano Competition winner in September 2015. He released his debut album, a recording of his winning performances from the competition, in February 2016 on the Honens CD Label.

In January 2017, Buratto made his Wigmore Hall debut. The Daily Telegraph praised his performance, describing him as ‘no ordinary virtuoso’ with ‘a gift for summoning different shades of colour’.